TRACS WA host a number of Communities of Practice (CoPs) which bring together people who share a passion, concern or common interest in a health care topic, in order to discuss, learn and organise activities. We have five regular active CoPs.
You can find out more about these groups and/or register to become a member here: TRACS WA CoPs.
The NDIS is well established in WA, but clinicians are still encountering a range of issues supporting their clients with access requests and managing the interface between the NDIS and health service provision. In partnership with the Disability-Health-Network TRACS WA hosts 3-4 NDIS-Health forums each year to support the effective interaction between these two entities. In October, we hosted an online forum exploring what action can be taken when a participant has a concern with their NDIS funded services, and how clinicians can support their clients to get the best possible service. You can find resources and videos of previous NDIS-Health forums here.
Our Stroke Care CoP, which is a collaboration with the Stroke Foundation, meets monthly at lunchtime (12.30-1.30 via MS Teams). Each meeting includes a short stroke related research/QI project and a ‘spotlight on a service’. You can re-visit past stroke educational forums here. We have a couple of exciting projects underway currently, including exploring mentoring needs and developing a ‘stroke pathway’ from acute care to long term management in the community. October lunchtime meeting we discussed issues that stroke clinicians are experiencing related to the NDIS. On 2nd December we hosted a virtual symposium focussing on stroke like ‘functional neurological disorder (FND) presentations with talks from neurologist Dr Lay Kun Kho and clinical psychologist Jarred Munro. View the recording of the Stroke Interdisciplinary Education Presentation December 2021 (2.5 hours).
The Cognitive Care CoP comprises of clinicians from across WA Health and external organisations. Members meet every second month to share ideas and resoucres, and brainstorm solutions to issues that people are experiencing in relation to delivering best practice health care to people with cognitive impairment. In October 2021 we hosted an online forum that looked at practical ways to make your inpatient environment more user friendly, and less threatening, for this vulnerable group of clients.
The COVID-19 Rehabilitation Community of Practice have been actively discussing the emerging evidence regarding ‘long-COVID’, with a meeting in early November 2021 emphasising the need for preparation for a potential influx of long-COVID patients in 2022. Peer reviewed literature and anecdotal evidence from NSW is pointing to a high probability that many post COVID patients, while no longer infectious, will continue to suffer significant effects of the illness even 6 months after their initial COVID-19 infection. TRACS WA has been examining the implications of this evidence for rehabilitation services in WA and is working with the CoP to raise awareness about this challenge.
Our Tracheostomy CoP is a small group of dedicated healthcare and disability service professionals who work in this specialist area. Originally set up to explore solutions to the issue of finding services to discharge people with long term tracheostomy to, this group meets every few months to share information about educational opportunities and to discuss tracheostomy related issues. You can find resources and educational videos about care of people with laryngectomy/tracheostomy here.
Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention (CRSP)
CRSP is a collaboration with ACRA WA, Heart Foundation and Rural Health West where we have been faciliating monthly 1 hour online education sessions since August 2018 to Rural, Country and Metro sites. There have been 32 sessions delivered with recordings avaialble and a range of clinical and research resources, which are available here. We look forward to continue to deliver informative presentations in 2022. Please let us know if you would like to join our CRSP mailing list.
Our Amputee Care CoP has been quiescent for a while, but we hope to host a consultation regarding a new Amputee Pathway information resource before the end of the year. Some excellent videos on Amputee care are located here.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like more information about any of these CoPs or are aware of an area of practice which would benefit from the development of a more formal network of interested clinicians.